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Mental Health Advocacy Day

JANUARY 31, 2022 (Virtual)

Every year, advocates join together to raise their voice in support of Mental Health Advocacy Day at the Statehouse. This year is no exception. We’ll meet virtually on Monday, January 31st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to call on Vermont leaders and legislators to advocate for mental health.

“Now is the Time for Hope & Recovery”

The day will include a welcome address from state leaders and a keynote presentation from Senate President Pro Tem Becca Balint. The afternoon will be an opportunity for the community to share their mental health experiences and stories to influence legislators about the importance of mental health care. Advocacy trainings will be scheduled prior to the event to help you develop and build your advocacy skills to speak with legislators and to learn more about Vermont’s legislative process. Additionally, testimony will be scheduled at the discretion of committee chairs during the week of February 1-4.

REGISTER TO SHARE YOUR STORY: Attendees have the opportunity to share their lived experience story, poem, or other insights at the event. Each participant will have 2-3 minutes. Click here to register to share your story. You will still need to register for the event above.  Click here for guidelines on pre-recording your video.

REGISTER TO PROVIDE TESTIMONY: We will request to provide testimony from the Committee Chairs. If you would like to provide testimony, register here. You will still need to register for the event above. *Please Note: There is no guarantee that we can testify to certain committees. This is at the discretion of the Committee Chairs.

ORGANIZED BY: NAMI Vermont, Vermont Care Partners, and Vermont Association of Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

Mental health advocates, peers, family members, professionals, providers, community members and mental health stakeholders.


  • 10:00 am ~~ Welcome and Introductions
  • 11:00-11:45 am ~~ Keynote Plenary Session: Senate President Pro Tem Becca Balint
  • 11:45-12:00 pm ~~ Awards
  • 12:00-12:30 pm ~~ Lunch Break
  • 12:30-2:00 pm ~~ Sharing Stories – Live and pre-recorded
  • Feb. 1-4 ~~ Testimony at Key Legislative Committees (schedule available day of event)

Co-Sponsored by: Alyssum ~ Another Way ~ Building Bright Futures ~ Center for Health and Learning ~ Central Vermont Perinatal Mental Health Coalition ~ Champlain Community Services ~ Clara Martin Center (CMC) ~ Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) ~ Disability Rights Vermont ~ Families First Inc. ~ Green Mountain Support Services ~ Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) ~ Howard Center ~ Lamoille County Mental Health Services (LCMHS) ~ Lincoln Street ~ Me2/Orchestra ~ NAMI Vermont ~ National Association of Social Workers-VT ~ NFI Vermont, Inc. ~ Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) ~ Northern Counties Health Care ~ Northwestern Counseling and Support Services (NCSS) ~ NVU Graduate Programs in Mental Health, School and Addictions Counseling  ~ Postpartum Support International – Vermont (PSI VT) ~ Rutland Mental Health Services ~ Team Two Vermont ~ The University of Vermont Health Network ~ United Counseling Service of Bennington County, Inc. (UCS) ~ Upper Valley Services ~ Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition ~ Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (VAMHAR) ~ Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS) ~ Vermont Care Partners (Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services) ~ Vermont Center for Independent Living ~ Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement and Innovation ~ Vermont Department of Mental Health ~ Vermont Family Network ~ Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health ~ Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association ~ Vermont Psychiatric Survivors ~ Vermont Psychological Association ~ Vermont Recovery Network ~ Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc. (WCMHS)

If your organization would like to co-sponsor this event, contact Laurie Emerson at